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IBM Food Trust launches worldwide with Carrefour on board
IBM Food Trust launches worldwide with Carrefour on board

European retail giant Carrefour has joined other participants involved in building the IBM Food Trust blockchain network...

11 Oct 2018

AfDB, Purdue University host conference on successful farming technologies
AfDB, Purdue University host conference on successful farming technologies

Hosted by the African Development Bank and Purdue University, the Scale Up Conference on Agricultural Innovations is currently under way in Indiana, USA.

26 Sep 2018

African startups named winners of Pitch AgriHack
African startups named winners of Pitch AgriHack

Startups from across Africa have been named winners of the annual Pitch AgriHack competition, taking home cash prizes in various sizes...

By Tom Jackson 17 Sep 2018

Top 10 nominees for Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 announced
Top 10 nominees for Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 announced

The top 10 nominees in the African Innovation Foundation's (AIF) Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2018 have been announced...

14 Sep 2018

Agritech startup named winner of Seedstars Uganda
Agritech startup named winner of Seedstars Uganda

Agro Supply, a platform that finances agricultural technologies through mobile micro-savings, has been named winner of the Ugandan leg of the Seedstars World competition.

By Tom Jackson 29 Aug 2018

Africa should be the breadbasket of the world says AfDB president
Africa should be the breadbasket of the world says AfDB president

African Development Bank Group president, Akinwumi Adesina has requested that farmers across the African continent be given agriculture technologies to optimise farming outputs and transform agricultural production...

10 Aug 2018

Africa goes green and digital with a consortium of 30 agritech entrepreneurs
Africa goes green and digital with a consortium of 30 agritech entrepreneurs

Compared to other industries, agriculture has been slow to adopt the leading edge of technologies from the Digital Revolution. The time has come for Africa to experience its own Green Revolution thanks to better access to financing information and technology...

By Aïda El Kohen and Hamza Rkha Chaham 17 Jul 2018

Nigeria's Farmcrowdy wins Digital Business of the Year Award
Nigeria's Farmcrowdy wins Digital Business of the Year Award

Nigerian agri-tech startup Farmcrowdy has won the African Digital Business of the Year Award for its solution that makes farms available for sponsorship...

By Tom Jackson 17 Jul 2018

Zambia's eMsika helping farmers buy agricultural inputs
Zambia's eMsika helping farmers buy agricultural inputs

Zambian startup eMsika is helping farmers find, buy and receive agricultural inputs in a fast, trustworthy and convenient way, as well as access markets for their produce...

By Tom Jackson 4 Jun 2018

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New app uLima will optimise the farming potential of Africa

The uLima mobile platform provides farmers across Africa with access to a toolset, database and the latest market information with information on crops, seed, soil, livestock, agri-chemicals, weather updates and market prices, all at their fingertips...

1 Jun 2018

From left to right: Nuradin Osman (AGCO Vice President and General Manager Africa), HE Emmanuel Mwamba (High Commissioner in South Africa - Republic of Zambia), Martin Richenhagen (AGCO, Chairman, President, CEO) and Gary Collar (AGCO Snr Vice President and General Manager, Asia-Pacific and Africa)
Serving Africa from Africa: AGCO opens Africa headquarters in Johannesburg

"AGCO is making major investments in Africa to engineer food security and support sustainable productivity through technology and innovation... As a 'first mover' in innovation, we are meeting the challenge to grow more food with fewer resources head-on."

22 May 2018

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When big data meets overfishing

New technologies offer opportunities to combat overfishing, particularly for countries with limited means to patrol their waters or enforce legislation...

By Thin Lei Win 18 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: The power of smart technology in Africa
#AfricaMonth: The power of smart technology in Africa

People across Africa face considerable challenges - many of them existential. But, without the right devices, connectivity, and skills, those who badly need their problems solved often can't access available solutions...

By Greg Morris 8 May 2018

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Dangerous hitchhikers: New measures to help stop the spread of plant pests across borders

The CPM has adopted new phytosanitary standards aimed at preventing destructive agricultural and environmental pests from jumping borders and spreading internationally...

24 Apr 2018

Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing
Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing

Kenyan agri-tech startup Twiga Foods has partnered IBM Research to extend access to microloans to 220 food stall retailers across Kenya using a blockchain-based financing system...

By Tom Jackson 19 Apr 2018

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Researchers developing drought-tolerant African crops

Drought impacts negatively on maize and sorghum, staple crops for many African countries. When combined with legumes, they supply nutrients in a form that ensure high-quality protein diets for humans and animals...

11 Apr 2018

Applications for Fall Armyworm Tech Prize open
Applications for Fall Armyworm Tech Prize open

Feed the Future is calling for applications for the Fall Armyworm Tech Prize which offers to fund up to $400,000 in digital solutions aiming to help stop the spread of the pest in Africa...

5 Apr 2018

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Bayer, WFO launches global Care4Cattle grant to support innovation in animal well-being

Bayer, in partnership with the World Farmers' Organisation, has launched a €30,000 global Care4Cattle initiative towards recognising innovative thinking in advancing animal well-being...

4 Apr 2018

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Scaling up game-changing agricultural innovations and technologies in Africa

The increasing occurrence and severity of extreme weather events linked to climate change necessitate all stakeholders involved in agriculture to ramp up their efforts of making sure that newer agricultural innovations and technologies are available to farmers...

By Esther Ngumbi 29 Mar 2018

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Data: The fertiliser that will feed Africa's agricultural transformation

Everywhere we look, technology is being touted as the enabler of a new era of African agricultural prosperity. But how should we, as a continent, approach the adoption of digital technologies across the agricultural value chain...

By Dr Gilbert Saggia 28 Mar 2018

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Top five robotic systems to watch in agriculture

There are already several companies that have made significant strides in creating robotic systems for use in agriculture that are either in field-testing stages or already entering the market...

By Nate Dorsey 23 Mar 2018

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FAO, Google collaborates on new forest data tool

The efficient monitoring and reporting on forest cover and land use is essential in monitoring progress on Sustainable Development Goals and crucial for countries adapting to and mitigating climate change...

7 Mar 2018

Entrepreneur brothers look to harness AI for greater good
Entrepreneur brothers look to harness AI for greater good

As debate swirls on whether artificial intelligence will be a boon or a curse for humanity...

26 Feb 2018

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Green business is good business: A sustainable approach to growing flowers in Kenya

Oserian Development Corporation has come up with a raft of measures aimed at maintaining production over a long period of time without compromising on natural systems or its responsibility to workers, suppliers and the local communities...

14 Feb 2018

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The rise and rise of African agri-tech

African entrepreneurs are increasingly seeing the inherent opportunities within the agriculture sector, developing solutions that do everything from helping farmers increase their yields to providing better access to markets...

By Tom Jackson 7 Feb 2018

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Nominations open for the 2018 Africa Food Prize

The prize celebrates Africans who are taking control of Africa's agriculture agenda. It puts a bright spotlight on bold initiatives and innovations that can be replicated across the continent to create a new era of food security and economic opportunity for all Africans...

1 Feb 2018

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New wheat breeding programme cuts a decade off new varieties

NASA experiments to grow wheat in space have inspired Australian scientists to develop a world-first speed-breeding programme that cuts a decade off the time it takes to deliver new varieties...

24 Jan 2018

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Scientists are breeding super-nutritious crops to help solve global hunger

Micronutrient deficiencies, also known as hidden hunger, occurs when there is a lack of essential vitamins and minerals in a person's diet. Supplementation and food fortification has long been used around the world to alleviate micronutrient deficiencies...

By Heather Ohly, Nicola Lowe 23 Jan 2018

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The future of food production: Robots revolutionising agriculture

With the aim to revolutionise the farming industry as well as increase their market reach and revenue, organisations have been gearing up for new robotic technologies in recent years...

By Piyush Mandhare 18 Jan 2018

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More people went hungry in Africa in 2017. But new initiatives also bore fruit

Though the 2017 rise in food insecurity is disheartening, some African countries have made progress over the last decade. And there were some initiatives that deserve a special mention for the precedents they set...

By Esther Ndumi Ngumbi 3 Jan 2018

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